I have already told you in my previous posts about my home town: Mersin in Turkey.

Mersin (population of 1.5 mio) is a major commercial city and shipping port on Turkey’s eastern Mediterranean coast, but not a major tourist destination.

It is a beautiful city near the sea, great weather with palm trees along the roads. It is also a city where nothing much happens. I love it, cause I have so many child memories, and I have my brother, niece and nephew who live there, as well.

There is another reason why I love Mersin: “Tantuni”.

Tantuni is a dish born in Mersin, and it became known all around Turkey. It is meat wrapped in lavash bread (a flat bread that is the equivalent of a tortilla).

It started to be a dish for people without much money, they will place the meat cooked with lots of lungs and fat into a roll and eat it. With time, this wrap became the most favorite street food of Mersin.

The preparation is a whole ritual. They grill thin strips of beef and keep them warm on the side of a massive circular pan with a concave depression in the middle. When they need to prepare a wrap, the cook scoops some of the beef up and reheats it in the middle of the pan in a steamy combination of oil and water, creating thin gravy.

He places the meat in the lavash bread (that he soaks with the meat’s juice), adds some tomatoes, onions (not for me), parsley and a combination of spices (sumac, red pepper, cumin…). Once all the ingredients are in the flat bread, he rolls it.

To the idea, I am salivating… I highly advise to eat it with some lemon on top.

If my friends from Mersin reads that, they will probably laugh cause everybody knows that I am hooked to Tantuni. I think whenever I go to the city, I have to have at least once a day that delicious wrap. I buy always from “Sabit Tantuni”, whom I believe does his yearly income thanks to me ;)

The good news is that I hooked up my niece as well; so besides the fact that I enjoy my yummy wrap, I share it with her!!!!